Let’s be honest, Mariah Carey probably needs no introduction. The singer, songwriter, actress, pop icon, diva, is not only the biggest-selling female act of all time (selling over 54 million albums), but also one of the most successful musical artists of all time. She’s had 45 singles land in the Billboard Hot 100, and of those, 18 have hit No. 1 — the most for any solo artist ever, and second overall only to the Beatles for most number ones (who have 20). Mariah recently compiled those career-spanning 18 number ones for her new greatest-hits album, #1 To Infinity, as well as for her new Las Vegas residency at Caesar’s Palace. In celebration of her album and show, Mariah talked to BuzzFeed (at the Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland) and answered questions about everything from her career to which Mean Girl character she’d most like to be.
1. What do you love most about your career?
Mariah Carey: I love being able to do what I love for a living most about my career. It would suck to be stuck doing something I hated.
2. What, so far, has been your favorite career moment?
MC: Wow, I’ve been blessed and had so many moments. It definitely has to do with the Lambilys. My fans have made all my career moments special for me. They are the ones that have gotten me through every single thing — good times and bad, they are who I go to and lean on. I am very thankful for that.
3. Do you have a favorite moment in your new Vegas show?
MC: I love performing “Infinity” in Vegas because to see the people singing along to such a brand-new song — I just wrote and recorded it three months ago — it’s one of my favorite things. I love performing all the songs, but to sing “Infinity” after the 18 number ones is pretty cool.
4. Do you have a personal favorite off your #1 to Infinity album?
MC: Hmmm, a friend of mine told me last night that his favorite song was “My All,” and I have had lot of people tell me that’s their favorite song. And that song is based on a real moment; I wrote in the album credits for #1 to Infinity that was the first time I fell in love with love, and it’s true. I went to Puerto Rico and had MOMENTS; they weren’t severe moments, but they were moments for me, Miss Goody Two-Shoes, and out came “My All.” But, I am not going to claim it as my favorite ‘cause I love “Fantasy,” as well as the newer songs “We Belong Together” and “Touch My Body.”
5. Is there an artist that you’d like to collaborate with whom you haven’t worked with yet?
MC: I want to collaborate with me ‘cause I’ve done so many collaborations that after a certain point unless you’re really working with a certain caliber of an artist, there’s no point [to collaborate]. It just becomes, ‘Oh, let’s throw these two people together,’ and that’s what I feel is wrong with some of the collaborations that happen today and, dare I say, I helped paved the way for some of these little collaborations that happened today.
6. Do you have a favorite look from one of your music videos? One that you would want to frame in your house?
MC: I have a lot of different ones framed in my house from different moments, things like Divas Live framed — not necessarily from the music videos — but moments for me. Like, it was a huge deal for me being on stage with Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross; these different moments were milestones for me.
7. So this is a new chapter for you, what do you want to accomplish next?
MC: I have so many dreams that I haven’t yet realized. I would say that there is a lot of things in the acting world that I want to do. And I am so grateful to people like Lee Daniels, and even Brett Ratner, for having fun, working with me, and pushing me to limits where I definitely would not have wanted to go.
There are a lot things I have on the horizon that I’m going to be doing: acting, singing, even writing for movies. I think I’d even like to score a movie — I don’t know why that hasn’t happened yet, clearly someone isn’t on their game.
8. What is Bianca [from the “Heartbreaker” video] up to right now?
MC: Dahhling, I don’t know, she’s really hard to pin down. I really wanted to bring her here today, so it’s only really her essence that could be here today. But I hope BuzzFeed and I can get Bianca off her arse.
9. Do you think Bianca will ever make a cameo in a future music video?
MC: I want her to make a cameo — maybe she could do an interview with BuzzFeed. The only thing is that she’s a DIVA and over the top. Like, my glam squad is nothing compared to hers, nothing.